June 3, 2018

Vol. 7, No. 22


In this Issue…

News and Announcements
BCMS Scholarship Ceremony
TMA Leadership College Graduates
TDI Rules Update
BCMS Auto Program and Phone App

BCMS Circle of Friends Sponsors

     Express Information Systems
MedPro Group


BCMS Scholarship Ceremony

The Bexar County Medical Society, through its 501c3 Philanthropic organization the Bexar County Medical Library Association, gave $2,500 scholarships to six students planning to study some field of medicine. 
The recipients include (L-R) Jacky Zhu, Emily Spiekerman, Viviana Quezada, Abigail Munteanu and Sophia Zabul. Presenting doctors and sponsors included (L-R) Gerardo Ortega, MD, Sheldon Gross, MD, Michael Clark, Robyn Phillips-Madson, DO, Troy Halprin, MD, John Hinchey, MD, Adam Ratner, MD, Eric Lawitz, MD, Richard Jones, MD, and Ronald Rodriguez, MD. The scholarships were presented on May 29 during a ceremony downtown at the Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse.


TMA Leadership College Graduates

Congratulations to the TMA Leadership College Class of 2018 which had its graduation on May 19.

Five of the 23 graduates are from San Antonio including (L-R) Michael Kim, MD, Brian Boies, MD, Erika Munch, MD, Monica Lee, MD, and John Hinchey, MD. (Also pictured in back is Stephen Fitzer, executive director of BCMS, one of the sponsoring organizations.)
The TMA Leadership College was established in 2010 to ensure strong and sustainable physician leadership within organized medicine. Graduates serve as thought leaders who can close the divide among clinicians and health care policymakers and also become trusted leaders within their communities.

TDI Rules Update

On March 29, 2018, Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation Ryan Brannan adopted amended 28 Texas Administrative Code §§134.500, regarding Definitions; 134.530, regarding Requirements for Use of the Closed Formulary for Claims Not Subject to Certified Networks; and 134.540, regarding Requirements for Use of the Closed Formulary for Claims Subject to Certified Networks.  The adoption was filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on April 2, 2018.  The adoption will be published in the April 13, 2018 issue of the Texas Register and may be viewed on the on the Secretary of State website at  A courtesy copy of the adoption is available on the Texas Department of Insurance website at


The adopted amendments to §134.500 will exclude from the closed formulary all prescription drugs created through compounding prescribed and dispensed on or after July 1, 2018.  The adopted amendments to §§134.530 and 134.540 will require preauthorization of these drugs for claims subject to and not subject to certified networks.  The rule change does not prohibit the use of compounded drugs for injured employees when medically necessary; however, it does require that medical necessity be determined prior to prescribing and dispensing these drugs on or after July 1, 2018.  Prescriptions for compounded drugs not requiring preauthorization that are written before July 1, 2018, and refills for those prescriptions, will not be impacted by this rule change.

Click here for more information.

                               BCMS Auto Program and Phone App


Download the new BCMS Phone App today!

  • Keep up with BCMS events and activities
  • Contact physician leadership and BCMS staff

Access to BCMS publications and services

Available for free at the Apple Store and Google Play.

                                        Circle of Friends Gold Sponsor        


     Circle of Friends Silver Sponsor



Thank you to our BCMS Circle of Friends sponsors!

This information is sent on behalf of our sponsors but it is not an endorsement.

Donations from Circle of Friends sponsors help keep down the cost of dues and allow

BCMS to continue to provide quality service to its members.


The society continues its pledge to you and only will involve itself in

services and programs that benefit you, the member, and your patients.



Bexar County Medical Society

4334 N Loop 1604 W., Suite 200

San Antonio, TX 78249



About The Weekly Dose

The Weekly Dose is a service of the Bexar County Medical Society.

Some of the suggestions conveyed may not be applicable to your practice today, 

but the goal is to offer information over time that returns value

in excess of the cost of your membership.

If you would like to recommend future topics to share with your colleagues,

please submit them to the BCMS Executive Director at

All rights reserved. Unauthorized use prohibited.

Copyright © 2018 Bexar County Medical Society, San Antonio, Texas. 

All rights reserved.